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Old 08-25-2007
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I use 3'' Lowering Blocks To Lower Rear End. End Results Was About 4 Inches Drop I Rear And My Stocl Shocks Are Bottom Out And It Is One Ruff A$$ Ride Every Lil Bump You Hit Feels Like A 10 Inch Hole In The Ground. Know Any Non-Costly Soultions Or Where I Could Get A Fine Deal On Some Lowered Shocks. But Other Question Would Drop Shocks Help Out Here?

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Also I Head If I Cut Them Rubber Peices In Half It Would Help Absorb Bad Or Good Idea?

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Okay Surely Someone Knows On Here?
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Yor first message above.. I had to read it 3 or 4 times to figure out what you were trying to state.

Shocks won't help your situation. You need to notch your frame.
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I Have No Idea What That Is? ( Notch Frame )
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If your shocks are bottomed out, they are probably also holding up your rear end. If you take your shocks off you might find that your frame is sitting on your axles. This is bad. Would mean you dropped it too much.

D. above is suggesting you cut chunks out of your frame so your axle won't ram into it, but I for one think the frame is a pretty useful thing to have and don't think its a good thing to mess with.

The best thing you could do is chuck those shocks, then make sure there is some clearance between your frame and your axle, and finally stiffen up your springs (add a leaf or two) to make sure that your axle doesn't ram the frame over every bump.

Then you can start thinking about shocks. Actually you could get some coil over shocks that stiffen up the suspension at the same time.
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Type in "Notch Frame" into Google images and you'll know know what D is talking about.
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My Frame Isn't Hitting My Read End... You see them rubber peices in the pic that blocks it from hitting my rear end. see i heard though i can cut em in half and it would help. i will look tonight to see if my frame is on the axels.
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those are bump stops. they stop your truck from hitting the frame when your suspension is bottomed out. How low are you in the rear?
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My Frame Isn't Hitting My Read End... You see them rubber peices in the pic that blocks it from hitting my rear end. see i heard though i can cut em in half and it would help. i will look tonight to see if my frame is on the axels.
The hard right is because you are riding on the bump stop (that rubber thing). That is as good as riding on the frame in terms of comfort. You have no give in your springs so there for it is like you are driving with out any springs. New shocks will not help that because the shocks slow down the movement of the springs but you have no spring movement. You could try cutting the bump stop in half but that might just end up lowering you some more. Either get a smaller block and then you will have less of a drop so you will gain some spring travel back or do a frame notch like D. suggested.

You went too low man.
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Hey do me a favor and find the caps lock button on your computer. Yeah there it is right next to that tasty little "A" key. Ok, now go ahead and give her a nice little press. that's right there you go.

This isn't Myspace. Obviously you have a serious question, so how about asking it in a serious manner instead of trying to do an all caps post that is missing several words important to sentence structure and the over all meaning of your intended question. If you expect us to put in the time to answer your question, put in the 45 extra seconds to type like an adult.
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Thnx for the information more than likely i'll just get some new blocks and replace rather than cutting the frame don't feel comfortable cutting something i have no clue about. Im sure differnt blocks won't help much but anything is better i guess. Unless someone knows detailed information on doing an Notch on the frame so i may print it out and have step by step directions. Other than that i have always thought i did go to low in the rear i used 3'' Dream Beams for the front and i belive it was 3'' lowering blocks for the rear but about the time i switched all that in the rear end result was more than 3 inches. It was my first time lowering i was shooting in the dark i guess you could say as what i was doing and experience wise i just thought it was common sense using 3 inch drop in front would need the same in the rear boy i was wrong.
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wouldn't that be more than 3" or 4".....since the leafs are under the axle?

orrr did rangers have the leafs under the axles back then?
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Danny..

Where your at right now, you basically have no travel left in the suspension. If you cut the bump stops, you wont gain any ' real ' travel and only allow the rear leafs to sag more.

A ' notch ' setup does NOT weaken the frame at all. In most instances, it makes it stronger.

Notch kits are usually a ' plate '. They bolt ( I weld them on myself ) to the frame after you cut a small section out so you have more travel room for your axle.

http://www.suicidedoors.com/BlazerBolt-inC-Notch.php

If you take a good look, the plate itself is 2 or more pieces that have a STRONG weld holding it together. The construction in itself is stronger then the regular frame rail section you would remove to put the ' notch ' in.

If done properly, theres no worries to be had at all.

One of the mods here ( ScottyG ) had his truck SLAMMED, then he went and lifted it and left the notch on his frame in the rear. He went offroading with it and had NO issues at all with his frame.

Your running into an area a lot of the ' lifted ' people are addicted to. Fashion over FUNCTION. Going for a ' look ' when it hinders operation of some other aspect of the vehical.
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One more Question Pleases. Do you cut the notch where the bump stops are? and i wanna say thank you to everyone who has help me with this i apreciate it.
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